Mountain Beaver Sighting

July 20, 2009

My husband and I were returning from a friend’s house, and as we drove on a residential street towards our house, we saw a furry-looking ball in the road about 100-150 feet farther down the hill. My husband said “It’s a mountain beaver!,” and indeed–it looked like it was. However, it didn’t move, even as other cars drove by more closely, so we discarded the idea. As we drove by, however, we slowed to check it out and it was definitely a mountain beaver. We guessed it must be sick or hurt if it just sat in the middle of the road like that, and my husband and I pulled off to the side of the road to figure out how we could at least help get the little guy out of the road.

We approached with a rigid cardboard-and-fabric contraption that I happened to be carrying in the trunk of the car, intending on using it to scoot the poor little guy off to the grassy berm next to the road. As we got nearer, the mountain beaver didn’t move. We brought the cardboard closer to him and he started, turning towards the cardboard and clicking his teeth together in agitation. Eventually we managed to get him to scoot off the road–he didn’t seem to be injured physically in terms of his mobility, and we don’t know why he was acting so dazed and letting us be so near for so long (~10 minutes). Perhaps he was struck by a car? Or poisoned somehow?

The good news is that we were able to take some nice photos of this mountain beaver, below:

Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver

Mountain Beaver

Here is a great site with tons of additional information about the mountain beaver.

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3 Responses to “Mountain Beaver Sighting”

  1. dclark1983 Says:

    cute little booger! I wonder if he would have responded to some crazy guy dancing and waving a sign on the side of the road? The world may never know… 😀

  2. shawncita Says:

    Ha! He might have just keeled clean over if he had seen that! Your description of your Golden Corral experience brought back memories of the interminable drives between NC and TX back in my university days…Ah, all-you-can-eat buffets….

    I seem to recall they had decent biscuits and gravy…

  3. dclark1983 Says:

    It is okay, but Bob Evans has the best biscuits and gravy. I am literally salivating profusely from even the thought of a plate full of that glorious deliciousness. Sadly, the closest Bob Evans is in Atlanta… 😦


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